Linked by Clinton De Young on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 03:07 UTC
Debian and its clones If you are reading this, I assume you already know what the Linux kernel is and why you may want to update it. However, if you are accidentally reading this walkthrough, just happen to be running Linux, and have no idea what the kernel is or why you would want to update it, the next two paragraphs are for you (if you are looking instead into a less verbose and more generic way of updating your kernel on any Linux distro, read here). In a neophyte nutshell, the Linux kernel is the brain of the Linux system. It tells your system which file systems, hardware, protocols, etc. are supported. There is a lot more to it than that, of course, but I think that diminutive description will suffice for now.
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by Iconoclast on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 15:19 UTC

Iconoclast: have you ever considered the occasions where people are told to RTFM, because *gasp* the questions they are asking are in the manual or man pages?

I have, but there are times when someone says RTMF, and the information is NOT in the manual, or is very difficult to understand. Also, as I mentioned earlier, there are times when the manual does not help new users feel secure in their own abilities to accomplish certain tasks. This article helps people in that way.

I'm not bashing the people that write manuals. They are fine for their target audience. However, Linux's target audience is beginning to expand into the casual user arena. The documentation should too.